Hello everyone! So today is the start of my 26th week, this last week has gone so quick, that it only seems like yesterday that I posted up about my 25th week.
About baby this week:
Measuring your baby from top to toe with their legs extended, they are probably about 36cm. They weigh a little more than 760g. Your baby’s eyes begin to open around now. Their response to sound grows more consistent towards the end of the seventh month, when the network of nerves to their ears is complete. They may be able to hear you and your partner chatting. Your baby also continues to take small breaths, getting plenty of practice for when they’re born. It’s all preparation for when they takes that first gulp of air.
Since your baby is now growing so fast, and brain development is so intense at this stage, your nutrition is very important. Continue to eat a well-balanced diet that includes plenty of grains and vegetables. Fibre-rich foods, including whole-grain breads and cereals, lentils and brown rice are high in vitamin B and help fend off constipation.
You’re nearing the home stretch, the third trimester. Your third trimester starts when you’ve completed 27 weeks of pregnancy. Before you know it, you’ll be cradling your baby in your arms.
Around this time, you may see a slight increase in your blood pressure, which is normal. One condition your midwife will be vigilant about from now on is pre-eclampsia. High blood pressure is associated with pre-eclampsia.
Your midwife will look out for protein in your urine, another sign of pre-eclampsia, when you have a routine antenatal check.
However, in the unlikely event pre-eclampsia is not picked up, the symptoms include severe headaches, blurred vision and swollen hands and feet. So call your doctor or midwife immediately if you notice any of these symptoms.
If you have a swab to check for a vaginal infection during pregnancy such as thrush, the results may come back positive for group B streptococcus, too. This is a common infection which lots of women have without knowing about it and without it causing any harm, except in very rare circumstances.